Archive | August, 2011

Herbert Gintis on Amartya Sen


Recently I had come across Gintis’s review of Sen’s idea of justice on Amazon and posted it on the blog. A comment prompted me to read it again. I did, and hence this post. Sen’s case for a capability approach is based on a critique of both Utilitarianism and Libertarianism. I think both Gintis and […]

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Friends or competitors: Uneasy Relationship between Politics and Policy Sciences?


Following my last post, I had a fascinating exchange of emails with Lynn Fendler.  I am reproducing it below after some cleaning up of and additions to my own comments.  Lynn used the term ‘monetocracy’ to speak about the current shifting of balance from politics to markets.  This was enough of a prompt for me […]

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University ‘market’ is a con | Stefan Collini | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


A friend had recently suggested that the cost of supporting the so-called private school ‘market’ was underestimated.  He pointed out that the costs associated with mechanisms that were being put in place by the government to support the so-called ‘education market place’ were not being taken into full consideration when estimating the reductions in public […]

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Amazon.com: Herbert Gintis’ review of The Idea of Justice


I just read a review of Sen’s book The Idea of Justice  on Amazon.com written by Herbert Gintis and thought the readers of this blog may find it interesting.  I have yet to lay my hands on the Sen’s book though. Herbert Gintis is co-author with Samuel Bowles of Schooling in Capitalist America. Published in late 1970s, the book […]

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Education as a cure all?


Somewhere, perhaps in the 1970s, the idea of rates of return became the overarching mythology of the policy discourse about education. Interestingly, this has not always been the case. In fact the first notable use of production functions in education was in 1960s when James Samuel Coleman wrote the famous Coleman Report [But my research […]

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The Empty Signifier of Bharashtachar


Bharashtachar [corruption] has become an ’empty signifier’ in India. Empty signifiers are terms that are empty enough to draw disparate people together in a chain of equivalence. Any term can become an empty signifier. When it does, it works as a surface on which otherwise disparate individuals and groups find themselves as standing in the […]

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Stefan Collini · From Robbins to McKinsey: The Dismantling of the Universities · LRB 25 August 2011


Some kinds of ‘market failure’ ought to make it embarrassingly clear that what we are dealing with cannot be adequately comprehended as a ‘market’ in the first place. via Stefan Collini · From Robbins to McKinsey: The Dismantling of the Universities · LRB 25 August 2011. Khalid brought this piece titled From Robbins to McKinsey to […]

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Education as a Political Issue? (2)


This post continues the conversation started in a previous post on the topic of education as a political issue. In the last post, I had referred to Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen who lamented the absence of education from the political domain–or let us say the public domain. This post is about the rhetoric of […]

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Nature of State in ‘Colonised’ Lands


Mehmood Mamdani on the nature of state in the colonised lands:  

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Education as a Political Issue? (1)


The apathy of the Pakistani political elite [and public] toward education is increasingly coming under scrutiny.  A few posts on this blog have also commented on this issue. (See, for example, Enlightened Self Interest).  This post extends this conversation with reference to the work of Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen. Dreze and Sen, in their book  […]

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